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Esmeralda Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Baie Orientale | BP 5141, Orient Bay 97071, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Orient Bay
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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“Our favorite hotel in the Carribean.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011 via mobile

We have stayed here every year for fifteen years. We love the location, restaurants and people.The exterior is looking worn,and a renovation was promised for this year-we'll see.Lots of privacy and the value and food at Astrolabe and Sophie's on the beach is wonderful. A very relaxing vacation.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

On the first night of our stay here, we were robbed within an hour of going to dinner. We think it was an inside job or at least someone who was waiting for us to leave the room. They took all of our valuables and our cash. The hotel was not helpful regarding our claim and we spent the better part of the next day at the police station filing a report. I would not recommend this resort.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

Ok, we never really write reviews but after doing our research for the Esmeralda before we booked our most recent trip,i thought we should weigh in to set the record straight. We love st martin but have never stayed at the esmeralda so before we booked we did like most people and read as many reviews as possible. while most were positive there were many that made us nervous but we threw caution to the wind and booked 6 nights and just got back on june 1 2011. let me also say that we are not a picky couple but we don't stay in dumps either. we have experienced the best 5 star resorts the world has to offer. having said all that, our stay was absolutely FANTASTIC!!! we booked an oceanfront room which i would highly recommend (buildings 46, 47 or 48). the rooms were very clean and somewhat recently renovated. actually, they are in the process of renovating all the back buildings as well. the grounds could use a little manicuring but who cares, you should be on the beach not sitting and looking at bushes!! the best meal we had the entire stay was at the on-site restaurant (L'astrobe) and it was as good or better than anything we have had in grand case. our room was cleaned spotlessly each and every day and we were left an abundance of beach towels each and every day. the staff couldn't have been more friendly or courteous. as an example, we both have to have "white noise" to sleep (usually a fan running). we went to the ace hardware on the dutch side and bought the last fan in stock. we got it back and it didn't work. we asked the desk attendant if they happened to have one. while they didn't she insisted on us taking the one behind the desk and there is no air-conditioning in that building (open doors and windows). we refused but she kept insisting so we took it and slept like babies. each building has its own pool and it was rare we saw anyone in them. when they were, they often weren't wearing anything so be prepared, after all, when in france.....do as the french do.

to those reviews that complain about this or that at the esmeralda i would say they probably couldn't be made happy any place they stayed. its the caribbean and things look weathered and aren't to the level of perfection you might get at the waldorf in nyc. we couldn't have been more pleased and have officially anointed the esmeralda as our vacation destination in st martin. hope this helps the average traveler make up their mind and for the picky ones, try the westin. its about as close to 5 star amenities as you will find on the island (in a hotel anyway).

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cos Cob, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

This resort definitely had the best beach location and restaurant but the rooms need some serious upgrading. The kitchenette is unusable and the bathroom needed to be remodeled. The bed looked like a mattress on the floor. That being said, we got a very good deal at this hotel (price wise on Orbitz) so we saved a lot in that regard. We would come back to this hotel solely because of the beach location. We had a terrific vacation in St Martin (definitely go to St Barths - we flew over one way and took the ferry back - rented a scooter and saw the most beautiful beaches). Grand Case is awesome at night for dinner. So I would recommend this hotel - but just be prepared that the room is like a low end club med room with an old tv. The AC did work really well however.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leonardtown, Maryland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

Had read all the reviews before we went and was happy with our stay. Couple things that we found were the electric would not handle wife's USA curlers . Needed a converter to work this item and they had none. Not good item to advertise wi-fi and then have to stand next to reception desk to use, need to be able to use anywhere on property. Room was big enough to hold a dance but need to upgrade a little. Kitchen area is one spot to start. Work is being done on the outside of the buildings one at a time. Some rooms have flat screen tv's while other have old ones that do need upgrading. We thought landscaping was great around our units and the pool area is great after a day at the beach. Would go back to Esmeralda again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

We have been to the Esmeralda for the past 4 years. I love this place. Yes, the rooms need updating, but the service is wonderful. Coco Beach is the best spot on Orient beach. Bring your own pillows and a good night's sleep is assured.

It may not appeal to those used to American 4 or 5 star resorts, but I can do without the fancy upgrades for a peaceful beach with a wonderful staff. Great dining either on site or just down the road in Orient Village.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

Things got better after I bought a roll of paper towels, & with the dish soap provided with the (ill-equipped) "kitchen," I was able to clean the bathroom vanity & floors more thoroughly. Esmeralda, a lush, sprawling resort with a top-notch location on Orient Bay, presents a really great idea with its clusters of suites...but the maintenance of the rooms & the property leaves a LOT to be desired. The Superior Rooms are dark & visibly rundown (bedspreads gave us the hibbie jibbies). We had to upgrade to a Deluxe (& paid an extra $245! for 5-nt stay)...and even that had dirt in the corners of the bathroom floor, although the bedspread was less scary. (Still dirty on the edges, though.) You won't find the daytime reception staff to be friendly. Otherwise, Esmeralda catches the lovely Caribbean tradewinds, the breakfast croissants are flaky & delish (but don't expect any variation -- it's the same croissants & toasted baguettes EVERY morning!). Nice grounds for strolling. Will we return? Quite likely...but I'll know to pack paper towel, cleaner, and a bed cover that I know is clean!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Esmeralda Resort

Address: Baie Orientale | BP 5141, Orient Bay 97071, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Saint-Martin > Orient Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Orient Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Esmeralda Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ESMERALDA RESORT, situated on the magnificent white sands of Orient Bay in French St. Martin offers just 65 rooms and suites spread among elegant tropical gardens in 17 villas. Esmeralda is the only four star hotel in St Martin on Orient Beach.Esmeralda's Coco Beach Bar offers beachfront lunch & cocktails. L'Astrolabe, the resort's fine dining restaurant offers French Creole and Continental cuisine. Guests receive dining privileges at 12 + restaurants in Orient Bay. Only minutes to more fine dining,shopping and entertainment. Rooms include a kitchenette, king bed, sitting area and patio. What makes this property so special is it's unique plantation style layout with only four rooms or suites per villa. For privacy, each villa has its own swimming pool and each accommodation has its own private entrance and terrace... Guests may reserve anything from a single superior or deluxe room or a generous sized suite or an entire 3 - 5 bedroom villa. Due to the way this resort in St Martin is situated on the property that is perpendicular to the beach there is limited availability in the two ocean front villas that include the Presidential Suites and deluxe oceanfront rooms. All superior and deluxe rooms include kitchenettes. Suites offer full kitchens and large living rooms. Guests enjoy the peaceful surroundings and a cordial, pampering yet unobtrusive on-site multi-lingual staff prepared to assist with any special needs. Esmeralda offers free use of beach chairs & umbrellas. Each accommodation has a fully equipped kitchenette (suites have fully equipped kitchens including dishwasher), large tile bath with hair dryer plus a 110 outlet for shavers only, color satellite TV, room safe, air conditioning with ceiling fan, daily maid service. All bedrooms have Color TV by satellite (8 channels and video system), telephone, private safe, A/C, ceiling fan, private, furnished terrace, kitchenette with micro wave, electric coffee pot, refrigerator and dishes. SUPERIOR, DELUXE AND OCEANFRONT ROOMS: King or two double beds, kitchenette. Maximum occupancy: 2 people. Superior rooms have garden view and are generally located further from the beach. Deluxe rooms are a bit larger located nearer the pool. Oceanfront rooms are located nearest the beach. SUPERIOR SUITES: Spacious living room and bedroom area with king size four poster bed and full size pull-out sofa bed plus a fully equipped kitchen. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults & 2 children. PRESIDENTIAL SUITES: Large dining and living room area with full size sofa bed, separate master bedroom with king size colonial bed, TV in living room and master bedroom, 1 1/2 baths, radio/cassette/CD player and fully equipped kitchen. Suite is oceanfront. Maximum occupancy: 4 people. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Esmeralda Hotel Orient Bay
Esmeralda Hotel Marigot
Esmeralda Resort Marigot
Esmeralda St Martin
Esmeralda Resort St Martin
Renaisance Esmeralda Resort

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